Wynonna will bring more than country music to isle stage
Wynonna is coming to the Honolulu Symphony Pops stage. The country music diva is so popular she doesn't need a surname, but it surely can't hurt to mention that she's officially Wynonna Judd.
Performing with the Honolulu Symphony Pops:
» In concert: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
» Place: Blaisdell Concert Hall
» Tickets: $30 to $93, with discounts for seniors and military
» Call: 792-2000 (days) or 524-0815, ext. 245 (evenings), or visit www.honolulusymphony.com
Together with her mother, Naomi, Wynonna is part of one of country music's most popular groups, the Judds. Solo since 1992, Wynonna is bringing her new symphony show to Hawaii, and we're gearing up for a terrific weekend. The music charts are ready, concert tickets are selling fast and you can bet that Wynonna is looking forward to Waikiki Beach.
Wynonna has, to say it plainly, an incredible voice that lends itself flawlessly to the pops orchestra. She'll surprise you with her range and emotion, sense of humor and one-of-a-kind soulful style.
Wynonna's not purely a country singer, either. For more than two decades she has also topped the charts in the categories of adult contemporary and dance and rhythmic. Wynonna is also a best-selling author, generous volunteer and TV host.
It's this capacity for crossing borders that makes a concert with Wynonna a remarkable experience. Even if you're not a fan of traditional country music, you'll enjoy every minute.
Wynonna's performances with the Pops will include a handful of country hits, plus many of our favorite jazz, rhythm-and-blues and classic American songs.
Listen for the jazz-inspired classics "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "Almost Like Being in Love," Etta James' romantic "At Last" and George Gershwin's unforgettable "Someone to Watch Over Me." We'll even have a song made popular by the King himself, Elvis Presley.
When reading those song titles, you might have asked, What happened to country music? But don't worry, this is a pairing that will undoubtedly produce superb results.
As a pops orchestra, we're exploring new music, just as Wynonna did when she planned her first national symphony tour. Together we'll open a window into a whole new style -- with beautiful results.
That's the magic of a symphony pops show. It's the coming together of gifted entertainers and singers with music that's a little outside their usual repertoire but grounded in the magic of live, orchestral performance. We'll make music that takes you down new country roads.
Matt Catingub conducts the Honolulu Symphony Pops.
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